• Nyeri Archbishop Anthony Muheria also told mourners that the retired President Mwai Kibaki would never badmouth his competitors at any given time, 

Kenya's third president
Mwai Kibaki, Kenya's third president
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Guests at the funeral service of Kenya's third president Mwai Kibaki have been advised of his last wishes.

Kibaki who was known for his aversion to political doublespeak and grandstanding asked his family to ensure the same doesn't happen at his state funeral.

The bishop at the ongoing state funeral service at Othaya Approved school, told the guests, "We are all gathered here to give a proper send-off to Kenya's former president. Allow me yet again to convey the family request and the wishes of his excellency Mwai Kibaki that we will not have political speeches."

He continued, "It is something that we admire about this great man and statesman, our desire is to state our great adulation and admiration for our good president but let us be satisfied with a good prayer and give this great man the respect and honour he deserves.

We will say the last prayer led by Bishop Philip Thulumeti."

Nyeri Archbishop Anthony Muheria also told mourners that the retired President  would never badmouth his competitors at any given time, 

"I am sure he would want our leaders to let God be on their lips. We need a special sanitiser to disinfect our toxic mouths."

The presiding Archbishop urged Kenyans and leaders to desist from hating one another.

He said Kibaki loved the peace and would wish the country stays intact in harmony.

Adding, "Let us be truthful and be real without rudeness towards each other. He never took offence. Today he'd tell us to love our brothers and sisters."

Muheria further urged Kenyans and leaders to be humble as Kibaki was.

"Let us keep the faith. It also means humility and that is one thing we can emulate from our father Kibaki. Today is an example of his wish to be buried in simplicity," he said.

Watch: President Mwai Kibaki's funeral proceedings

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